Graduate Julia Grunnill gained valuable knowledge, expertise and workplace experience during her MSc Sustainable Environmental Management, helping to land her a prestigious internship at the International Union of Conservation Nature (IUCN) before securing a position with environmental risk reduction specialists Adlar and Allan.
Prior to full completion of the MSc Sustainable Environmental Management student Julia Grunnill gained a sought-after six-month internship with the Brussels European regional office of the (IUCN).
Julia’s role was described as a Nature-based Solutions Intern and she supported two major projects which focus on implementing and upscaling nature-based solutions: GrowGreen, demonstrating the value of nature for climate and water resilience in cities; and NetworkNature, a European and global platform for strengthening the use of nature-based solutions.
Julia explained that the internship followed a placement with Plymouth City Council (working virtually due to covid-19), which provided her with an initial understanding of Nature-based solutions implemented at a local level, such as the Council’s Plan for Trees and their beaver re-introduction project.
She praised the staff at the University of Plymouth who she said: “have not only supported me throughout my MSc Sustainable Environmental Management masters by giving me a depth of knowledge and skills but continue to support me throughout the development of my professional career at the IUCN, by strengthening the awareness and implementation of nature-based solutions in urban planning, regional development, and for businesses.”